Image via Jacqueline Clark
There are always several differing opinions when it comes to weddings that are common among generation gaps, but the most prominent I’ve come across so far is this: whether or not to register for china.
It seems the first thing out of anyone’s mouth when the topic of a gift registry arises is this:
“You ARE registering for china, aren’t you?”
“You’re not registering for china, right?”
It’s funny, because my parents’ generation is always vehemently for registering for china, and my own, is typically always against it. Actually, I don’t think I have any friends who registered for china at their own weddings.
Both sides pose very good arguments, and I’m still very much on the fence about it. So far, these are the pro’s/con’s I’m weighing to registering for china:
Pro #1: China is a luxury that most people would never buy for themselves, thus, something you should register, because you only get the opportunity for people to buy you china once in your life.
Con #1: I have no space to store china, I live in a condo in the city and have no plans [hopefully ever] to move to a house in the suburbs where there would be ample space for china storage.
Pro #2: China is nice for entertaining. Note, however, in our condo, we only have room for a tiny 4 person dining table from IKEA so fancy sit-down dinner parties aren’t really in the cards for us anytime soon anyway.
Con #2: I’ve been having trouble finding any china designs that fit my personality. Most of them feel stuffy, other than plain white, or vintage china (which obviously I cannot register for)–this, in turn, brings up another point…
I already own nice, classic white Crate & Barrel plates and bowls. They go with everything and provide a fantastic canvas for any type of tablescape. Plus, if I break them, who cares? I’ll just replace it for a few dollars.
Con/Pro #3: My mother never owned china, so it’s not like I have china being willed down to me. (Sad.) On the flip side, she really could care less if I register for china, because she never had it, and therefore, never felt the need for it. When you don’t have all that pressure from your mom, it makes things easier 😉 (Thanks, Mom!)
Con #4: I would so much rather put that money toward something else for our house other than a set of dishes that will get used once in the next 10 years.
This is all quite exhausting, you see?